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The Banting Band Salad


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I’ve had over 52 shares of this post on the Banting diet. Here is a gorgeous Banting recipe I just tried out for lunch today. It’s a quick, delicious way of eating salad the Banting way! Made up of 7 layers, I call it the “Banting Band Salad”. Enjoy!

LAYERS

+ Lettuce

+ Baby spinach

+ Green peppers

+ Celery

+ Frozen Green Beans

+ Boiled Egg

+ Sour Cream / Mayonnaise

Topped with

+ Pumpkin Seeds

+ Crispy Bacon

+ Grated Cheese

Tips

+ Always start with the lettuce

+ You can also start with Avocado

+ Keep it covered with a lid or foil

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Spotlight on Rose Gold Watches for Women


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Trends come and go, but some styles never really become trends, preferring instead to shy away from the limelight while retaining a subtle but strong longevity. Rose gold watches are one such phenomenon. While diamond encrusted watch faces and delicate bracelet straps have all had their day in the sun, rose gold watches have always been intensely stylish but have seldom become wildly trendy. This means that only the most discerning watch consumers choose rose gold. Here are some reasons to choose rose gold the next time you purchase a watch.

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Where South Africans Should Spend NYE 2014


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New Year 2014

If you’ve just seen the New Year in in style and are having withdrawal symptoms already, then check out some of my top picks for South Africans for New Year’s Eve … 2014!

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, South Africa

The V&A is host to some of the most exciting celebrations in the country, with its annual show legendary across the nation. Last year’s NYE party (it still feels strange saying that!) officially kicked off at 18:00, with the Pants on Fire comedy performance.

The waterfront and stage alike is always buzzing with entertainers all night, and you’ll have plenty of opportunity to pick up drinks and food from the nearby restaurants and bars. Make sure you get a good spot for the fantastic fireworks show, which takes place at midnight.

Nieu Bethesda, South Africa

Nieu Bethesda’s annual Festival of Lights offers a unique way to wave goodbye to 2014. People parade through the village with lanterns – which you can make at a Bethesda Arts Centre workshop beforehand – and then gather to enjoy dancing beneath the stars to a live band.

Sydney, Australia                                           

Sydney’s New Year’s Eve party is renowned around the world, so why not be part of the celebrations? South African Airways offers direct flights to the city from Johannesburg, and Travelex offers great deals when converting rand into Australian dollars – check out the exchange rate here.

The Sydney NYE party is jam-packed with entertainment you don’t want to miss out on, such as aerial acrobatics performances and an Aboriginal smoking ceremony show, but the highlights are the Harbour of Light Parade and iconic midnight fireworks, which illuminate the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

New York City, USA

Celebrating the strike of midnight seven hours later than South Africa is New York City, where you can see the famous New Year’s Eve Ball descend from Times Square. There’s world-class entertainment, a jubilant countdown and the obligatory fireworks show too.

Plenty of bars, restaurants and clubs around the bustling square will be hosting NYE celebrations of their own, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to an after-party. Keep an eye out here for just some of the options and start planning the ultimate NYE!

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5 Ideas for a Great Themed Party


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1 I went to a “Dirt Sexy Money” / Great Gatsby party last week & it was amazing! I thought that I’d gather some great ideas for you if you’re thinking about having a themed party this festive season. Whether you’re looking to get together for an evening filled with glitz & glam, or a relaxed cocktail hour in honour of a special occasion….. Here are some awesome ideas to give your party that creative boost! All you need is a stocked bar, a few fun themes and a little inspiration for a bash where the drinks are second to the scenery.

Great Gatbsy

With the film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby, the Swinging Twenties are making a comeback in everything from fashion to design to event planning. Get into the spirit by throwing an unforgettable party the way only Jay Gatsby would have, with lively music, decadent food and more champagne than your guests know what to do with! Celebrate like they did in the Swinging Twenties with these fabulous ideas.

The Inspiration

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“The Great Gatsby” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire & Carey Mulligan brought in $348.8 million at the Box Office

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The Invite

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The Table

The Treats

MINT JULEP

Greet your guests with a refreshing mint julep, a classic drink from the ‘20s.

4 fresh mint sprigs
2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 tsp powdered sugar
2 tsp water

Muddle mint leaves, powdered sugar, and water in a collins glass. Fill the glass with shaved or crushed ice and add bourbon. Top with more ice and garnish with a mint sprig. Serve with a straw.

MINT JULEP

TIERED CAKES

If you’re opting for a beautiful dessert table or just some munchies during cocktail hour, layer your table with different heights for the biggest impact. This tiered tray not only has a vintage vibe, but it’s the perfect platter to display your petit fours or finger sandwiches.CAKE STANDS GREAT GATSBY PARTY

The Decor

MASON JAR CANDLES

Using mason jars as candleholders was all the rage for garden parties in the 1920s. Line your dining table or hang them from the trees if you’re throwing a stylish outdoor party. Mason Jar Candles Great Gatsby Themed Parties

GAMES

Keep guests entertained during a cocktail hour with a games table set up. From checkers to cards to dominoes, these timeless games will create a lighthearted atmosphere that’s a staple of any Great Gatsby party. Great Gatsby Themed Party Chess Set

seven deadly sins

Take it up a notch with this sexy theme which lends itself to creative food, music, costumes & decor. “The Seven Deadly Sins” are a classification of objectionable vices that have been used since early Christian times.

    • Lust an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body
    • Gluttony the over-indulgence of anything to the point of waste
    • Sloth is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work
    • Envy the desire for others’ traits, status, abilities, or situation
    • Wrath strong vengeful anger or indignation
    • Pride excessive belief in one’s own abilities. Often interpreted as Vanity.
    • Greed an inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs, especially with respect to material wealth

The Inspiration

Seven Deadly Sins Party

Seven Deadly Sins Party

The Invite

Seven Deadly Sins Themes

The Dress

The Food

Theme your food & cocktails using colours to represent the sins.

Red – Lust

One drink I can think of is Sangria (I had a lot of it when I was in Spain!)

SERVES 8:

  • 4 oranges
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 apple, unpeeled, core removed, diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 750ml bottle red wine (see note)
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 750ml bottle soft drink (lemonade, soda water or ginger ale
  1. Thinly slice 1 orange and 1 lemon. Cut each slice into small wedges and place in a large bowl. Add apple, cinnamon and brandy. Stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Juice remaining oranges and lemon. Combine 1 1/2 cups wine, 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, 1 1/2 cups soft drink, 1/4 cup orange juice and 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice in a jug. Add half the apple mixture. Stir to combine. Repeat with remaining ingredients in another jug.
  3. Spoon crushed ice into 8 tall glasses. Pour over sangria. Serve.

SKYYSangria Seven Deadly Sins Party

Purple – Vanity

Green – Envy

Blue – Sloth

Yellow – Greed

Pink – Gluttony

Orange – Wrath

indiana jones party

Get out your adventure instincts with this Indiana Jones Party. Transform your party space into an adventure zone inspired by 4×4 trucks, khaki wear, ropes, maps, treasure & more Indi-inspired decor!

The Inspiration

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The Decor

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The Invite

The Food

mardis gras

If you can’t make it down to New Orleans, host a Mardi Gras themed party. Mardis Gras 2014  is happening on Sunday, March 2nd – Wednesday, March 5th. The official colors are purple, green and gold. Purple represents justice, green stands for faith, and gold signifies power. Give your home a wild, jaw-dropping transformation with a bold, eclectic collection of Mardi Gras decorations to recreate the mood of the South. Drape purple, gold, and green gossamer throughout your party area.

The Inspiration

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The Food

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The Decor

alice in wonderland

Who could forget the famous novel by Lewis Carroll? Take your guests down the rabbit hole with this creative & original idea for a party. Alternatively, name it the “Madhatter’s Tea Party” and create a world for your guests to explore & get carried away in!

The Inspiration

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The Decor

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The Food

“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”

― Lewis Carroll

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The All Important Birthday

I’ve recently been invited to a 21st birthday celebration. I always get excited for occasions because it’s a reason to spoil your loved one and show them how much you care. Of course, the quest to find the perfect gift for my friend has begun and I’ve just struck gold with a fabulous idea!

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Top Beach Destinations To Avoid Common Tourist Traps


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The weather in New York has been so hot! The ‘coldest’ I’ve experienced so far has been 26°C. I’ve been shopping for easy summer dresses and cool blouses to wear to class. I must say, one thing I do miss about Cape Town is the beach! What better way to put the summer rays to good use than by getting a nice tan and showing off your favourite swimwear 😛 Here are some other awesome destinations which, contrary to here in New York, are off the beaten track and still provide near-perfect summer weather and miles of sandy beaches .. plus they don’t have the suffocating crowds!

Barbuda, Eastern Caribbean

Part of the tiny nation of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbuda is a great alternative to the Bahamas. Whilst the island’s beaches stretch for miles, its most well-known spot is the Pink Beach, so named because of its rose-hued sands. Barbuda has only one paved road that runs outside the main population centre of Codrington and it’s possible to while away hours without encountering a single tourist.

Little Corn Island, Nicaragua

A tiny island off the Caribbean coastline of the nation of Nicaragua, Little Corn Island can only be accessed by ferries. As such, this laid-back island is relatively free of tourists. It has very little infrastructure and heaps of untouched tropical beaches. And, though you may encounter a handful of locals working or playing soccer, the beaches are usually deserted.

Great Lakes, Michigan

With plenty of quiet beaches, gentle waves and a rustic, woodsy setting, the sandy beaches of the Great Lakes are secluded enough to make you feel like you have your own private seafront. Try the Lake Huron and Lake Michigan shorelines for the best coasts and take a walk into the friendly towns that dot the area, if you actually end up needing more company!

Cartagena, Colombia

Soak up some culture along with some sun on the beaches of Cartagena in Colombia. You can admire its well-preserved 17th-century architecture while you fill your belly with the local cuisine, particularly the Colombian delicacies of Bandeja Paisa and Fritanga.

Cabo Polonia, Uruguay

Uruguayans recommend this laid-back peninsula village for a private beach experience. 4-wheel drive trucks or horses will take you over the dunes to a hidden beach, where you can get settled in a rustic motel or vacation bungalow, before strolling into the rugged and undeveloped areas that surround the beach.